By Phillip Margolin
Private investigator Dana Cutler needs to take down a crafty psychopath ahead of he can pull off the correct crime, in Sleight of Hand, a singular of suspense from Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling writer of Capitol Murder and Supreme Justice.
Charles Benedict – charismatic legal protection attorney, beginner illusionist, hit guy – has played his maximum sleight of hand but: framing a millionaire for the homicide of his a lot more youthful wife.
When Horace Blair married Carrie, the prosecutor in his DUI trial, he made her signal a prenuptial contract making certain her twenty million cash if she remained trustworthy for the 1st ten years of marriage. only one week earlier than their 10th anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged along with her homicide. desirous to transparent his identify, the millionaire hires D.C.’s so much ruthless protection legal professional – Charles Benedict.
P.I. Dana Cutler is within the Pacific Northwest at the path of a stolen relic relationship from the Ottoman Empire. Hitting a lifeless finish sends her again to Virginia at a loss for words and dissatisfied – and immediately into the case of Horace and Carrie Blair.
Now Dana needs to conjure a number of tips of her personal to show Benedict’s plot, ahead of he can paintings his lethal magic on her...
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In fact. ” Benedict led Blankenship to his place of work. “I flew the following from Seattle once I heard,” Blankenship acknowledged once Benedict close the door. “Heard what? ” “That Carrie Blair were murdered. i used to be in Asia on a deciding to buy journey. i used to be alleged to go back a couple of weeks in the past yet i used to be not on time. I e-mailed a number of instances and referred to as yet Mrs. Blair didn’t come again to me. i used to be very disillusioned. i presumed the deal had fallen via. Then I arrived again within the States the day gone by and realized that Mrs. Blair were murdered and her husband used to be in prison. ” Benedict had no proposal what Blankenship used to be conversing approximately. “Don’t get me mistaken. Mrs. Blair’s violent death is a negative factor, yet there are hundreds of thousands concerned and I’m apprehensive to understand if she left any directions, or if might be Mr. Blair was once regardless of his”—Blankenship paused, trying to find definitely the right words—“present scenario. ” The word “millions concerned” had piqued Benedict’s curiosity. “What is it you do, precisely? ” “I’m sorry. I’m simply wound up, and I’m nonetheless a piece jet-lagged. I’m an paintings broker. Martin Draper owns a gallery in Seattle. He sells modern items: loads of glass, smooth artwork, a few neighborhood artists, and some with nationwide reputations. each occasionally he's approached approximately buying Asian artwork. My area of expertise is Oriental antiquities. I lived in Asia for numerous years and made contacts there. whilst a buyer wishes anything during this sector, Martin calls me. ” Blankenship paused, and her eyes misplaced concentration as though she have been taking a look at anything distant that simply she might see. “The scepter is targeted, Mr. Benedict. Martin might experience it. He referred to as me instantly yet i need to admit I’ve by no means dealt with something love it earlier than. ” “What is your connection to the Blairs? ” “They have a house on Isla de Muerta, an island off the coast of Washington nation. They got here to the gallery trying to find items to accessorize their domestic. the various paintings they sought after used to be from Japan and China. That’s how I met them, via Martin. “I in simple terms met Mr. Blair one time. Mrs. Blair was once often the individual that got here to the gallery. It wasn’t strange for her to go to the gallery whilst she used to be in Seattle. i used to be consulted as the piece she used to be attracted to used to be inside of my forte. ” Blankenship paused. Benedict suggestion that she appeared nervous. “The papers stated you’re representing Mr. Blair,” the lady stated. Benedict nodded. He were fired yet no substitution of counsel have been filed but, so technically he was once nonetheless Horace’s legal professional. “Has he pointed out the scepter? ” “Not in particular. might be you could inform me a bit approximately it so I’ll be a professional once we speak about it. ” “When Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople in 1453 he was once involved that there will be an entice Rome for liberation that might trigger a brand new around of Crusades. ” Benedict nodded knowingly, even if he had no thought what Blankenship was once conversing approximately. He’d had one historical past direction in collage, and that used to be a long time in the past and he couldn’t bear in mind if Constantinople have been pointed out. All he knew for convinced used to be that Constantinople used to be now Istanbul and Turks lived there.